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Child Development and Education

Frank Cornelissen, foto: Kirsten van Santen
Foto: Kirsten van Santen
Innovation in Education

Prof. Frank Cornelissen is professor of Innovation in Education. His expertise lies in the field of innovation in primary and secondary educational in particular. He heads the Educational Sciences research group at the University of Amsterdam. |

(In)equality of opportunity in education

Prof. Louise Elffers is professor by special appointment of Equality of Opportunity in Education and director of Kenniscentrum Ongelijkheid (Inequality Knowledge Centre). In her work, she focuses on the organisation of education (systems) and the influence of that organisation on the school careers of young people with varying educational and home backgrounds. The issue of (in)equality of opportunity in education is a common thread in her work. |


Prof. Ruben Fukkink is professor by special appointment of Childcare and Educational Facilities for the Young Child. His areas of expertise are childcare (nursery, daycare, out-of-school care), the pedagogical quality of childcare and the training of pedagogical staff.

Teacher expectations and student multilingualism

Dr Lisa Gaikhorst conducts research into equality of opportunity in education and into themes such as teacher expectations, multilingualism and students' extracurricular sources of knowledge. In the Amsterdam Educational Research Workshop, she works with teachers to develop educational approaches that focus on positive approaches to students. |

Upbringing, behaviour & social-emotional development

Prof. Geertjan Overbeek is professor of Pedagogy. He has been researching how parenting affects the behaviour and social-emotional development of children and adolescents for more than 15 years. In addition, his expertise concerns how relationships with peers shape the development of behaviour in young people.

Educational difficulties & learning disabilities

Prof. Peter de Jong is professor of Special Education, specialising in educational-learning problems. His areas of expertise include dyslexia, learning to read, reading comprehension and learning disabilities. De Jong conducts research into cognitive and social-emotional development in the context of school, and the way in which development in this area is influenced by instruction and the interactions and relationships between teachers and students. He focuses mainly on the development of students with specific educational needs. | | 020 525 1514

Educational inequality & labour market outcomes

Prof. Herman van de Werfhorst is professor of Sociology and co-director of the Amsterdam Centre for Inequality Studies (AMCIS). In his research, he focuses on the role of education in issues relating to inequality and cohesion. Much of his research is country-comparative, and relates institutional features of education systems to: social inequalities in education; the transition from school to work; and the influence of education on social and community involvement. | | 06 2910 0273

Educational inequality and integration

Dr Bowen (Bo) Paulle is an expert in the fields of educational inequality, integration and disadvantaged neighborhoods. He is currently focused on the inner workings, effectiveness, spillovers and scalability of a rehabilitation programme for violent offenders in prison (known as 'GRIP'). His main research interests are urban marginality, educational inequality, programme evaluation, ethnographic fieldwork and social theory.| | 020 525 2435

Teacher expectations and track recommendations

Dr Sara Geven is assistant professor of Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Science. Her area of expertise is (in)equality and selection/differentiation in education, especially in the transition from primary to secondary school. She conducts research into inequality in school advice and teachers' expectations. She is also interested in how the social environment of students plays a role in educational outcomes and the inequalities therein. |

Educational innovation

Prof. Monique Volman is professor of Educational Sciences. Her expertise lies in the fields of environments for meaningful learning, diversity and the use of ICT in education. Volman approaches these topics from a socio-cultural theoretical perspective and attempts to build bridges between educational theory and practice. | | 020 525 1526

Bullying and social norms

Dr Maud Hensums is a remedial educationalist and researcher. Her expertise lies in the fields of bullying and the role of social norms and popularity within the process of bullying. Hensums has been involved in large-scale international research into the effective elements of anti-bullying programmes in schools. She also investigates the behaviour of adolescents within social groups: How important is it for young people to belong to the group or to be popular? What behaviour are young people willing to use to achieve certain social goals? |

Development of juvenile delinquency

Dr Machteld Hoeve is an associate professor in the Forensic Orthopedagogics research group. Her research focuses on the development of juvenile delinquency, in particular on risk factors of juvenile delinquency such as family factors, and psychological problems in juvenile offenders. |

Development of temperament & personality traits

Dr Alithe van den Akker is an assistant professor in the Preventive Youth Care research group. Her research focuses on the development of temperament and personality traits in childhood and adolescence. She investigates how these characteristics both shape and are shaped by parenting, and how child characteristics and parenting together contribute to the development of problems such as anxiety, depression, aggression and delinquency.